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The Realities of 'Reality' - Part I: It All Starts from Within : Why does reality still pique our curiosity? Why have we yet to find ourselves 200,000 years later? What is the fate of reality?: Why does reality still pique our curiosity? Why have we yet to find ourselves 200,000 years later? What is the fate of reality?

By Dufour, Fritz


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This book is the first of a series that considers the many aspects of reality. I call it ‘It all starts from within’ because reality starts with each of us individually and independently. It starts from our inner self before evolving into what I would call the collective reality, meaning a generally agreed upon state in which groups of people, entire nations, or the whole world believe. That reality includes beliefs, cultures, ideologies, etc. As we change and adapt to our environment, our reality changes as well. New realities emerge… Chapter one is about perception and our senses. It demonstrates how perception is impossible without our senses. Whatever angle of reality that’s being analyzed, one or more of our senses plays a momentous role in its understanding… Chapter two considers the role of the brain in the making of reality. It delves into how the brain can make the mind behave a certain way under certain circumstances… Chapter three looks at the mind, which I call the ultimate maker of reality. This chapter describes the mind as that intangible component of the brain and where reality or all realities stem from after, of course, being picked up by the senses and the brain… Chapter four attempts to define reality itself after it’s perceived by our senses, analyzed by our brain, and processed by our mind…I consider five questions in my attempt to answer the question: what is reality? They are: what are things and why do they look different from one another? What is life and its origins? What is death? What is superstition? What is space and are we alone in the universe?

Summary
This book is the first of a series that considers the many aspects of reality. I call it ‘It all starts from within’ because reality starts with each of us individually and independently. It starts from our inner self before evolving into what I would call the collective reality, meaning a generally agreed upon state in which groups of people, entire nations, or the whole world believe. That reality includes beliefs, cultures, ideologies, etc. As we change and adapt to our environment, our reality changes as well. New realities emerge… Chapter one is about perception and our senses. It demonstrates how perception is impossible without our senses. Whatever angle of reality that’s being analyzed, one or more of our senses plays a momentous role in its understanding… Chapter two considers the role of the brain in the making of reality. It delves into how the brain can make the mind behave a certain way under certain circumstances… Chapter three looks at the mind, which I call the ultimate maker of reality. This chapter describes the mind as that intangible component of the brain and where reality or all realities stem from after, of course, being picked up by the senses and the brain… Chapter four attempts to define reality itself after it’s perceived by our senses, analyzed by our brain, and processed by our mind…I consider five questions in my attempt to answer the question: what is reality? They are: what are things and why do they look different from one another? What is life and its origins? What is death? What is superstition? What is space and are we alone in the universe?

Excerpt
If this year was the year 202018, meaning 200,000 years from now and I was writing about reality, where would I begin? What would be the basis that I would use for my arguments? Would I still be able to talk about philosophy, psychology, art, mathematics, chemistry, physics and quantum mechanics? Would I be able to talk about the brain and the mind the same way I do today? Would I be able to speculate about life and death? Would these topics still be relevant in the grand scheme of things? 200,000 years from now, would it still be necessary to speculate about reality anyway? Although the answers to such questions can be either ‘may be’ or ‘may be not’, one thing is certain: 200,000 years from now, humans, if we’re still around, will be different, so different that the disparity will be similar to an insect’s egg and the final stage of its metamorphosis: an imago, the larva and pupa stages being in between. Well, in terms of reality, when the first Homo Sapiens emerged 200,000 years ago, he had no idea what reality would be like today in 2018. His reality was limited to trying to survive in a harsh environment. He had to first learn how to make fire, gather, then grown his own food and hunt just to survive. Say our species is still around 200,000 years from now, what we are capable of in 2018, compared to what we will be capable of then is comparable to the first humans’ reality 200,000 years ago. The fact is, humans’ reality is not constant. It’s variable, fluid… This series looks at reality in different angles. It goes back and forth in time to explain the versatility of reality. Through the topics that I will discuss, I will attempt to explain why Man is still puzzled by reality after 200,000 years of existence.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………..3 Why I decided to write this series…………………………………………………………4 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………..5 Chapter I. Perception and our senses in the interpretation of reality……………………..9 1. About perception…………………………………………………………………………..10 2. The visible five senses…………………………………………………………………….11 3. The invisible five senses…………………………………………………………………..21 Chapter II. Role of the brain in the interpretation of reality…………………………….24 Chapter III. The mind, ultimate maker of reality………………………………………...35 1. Psychology before World War II: an overview………………………………………….38 2. Psychology after World War II: an overview……………………………………………44 Chapter IV. What is reality? A proposed explanation through five questions…………..52 1. What are things and why do they look different from one another?.................................55 2. What is life and its origins?...............................................................................................60 a. The meaning of life…………………………………………………………………..63 b. The origins of life…………………………………………………………………….69 3. What is death?....................................................................................................................84 a. Definition of death…………………………………………………………………...85 b. Near-death experience (NDE)………………………………………………………..89 c. Life after death……………………………………………………………………….92 4. What is superstition?........................................................................................................100 a. Definition of superstition…………………………………………………………...100 b. Mythology Vs. Superstition………………………………………………………...103 c. Can superstition alter reality?....................................................................................104 d. Can black magic alter reality?....................................................................................115 5. What is space and are we alone in the universe?.............................................................125 a. What is space?............................................................................................................126 i. The Sun and our galaxy, the Milky Way……………………………………….127 ii. Birth of planet Earth and the Moon…………………………………………….130 b. Are we alone in the universe?....................................................................................132 i. The Drake Equation…………………………………………………………….135 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………...138 Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………141 From the same author…………………………………………………………………...146

 

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